Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • October 19, 2017

    We welcome the opportunity to provide feedback to the Standing Committee on General Government on Bill 163, An Act to enact the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, 2017 and to amend the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in relation to abortion services.

  • October 8, 2017

    RNAO welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) proposed regulatory amendment to the Highway Traffic Act to improve medical reporting and eliminating driver license returns. Our recommendations take into consideration the safety of drivers on Ontario’s roads as well as the impact of the proposed changes as they relate to NPs’ ability to practice to their fullest scope. The recommendations were synthesized by surveying the opinions of NPs that are members of RNAO. NPs that make up RNAO’s membership come from various health-care sectors including acute care, primary care, long-term care and home care.

  • September 22, 2017

    RNAO appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Health System Information Management Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on the proposed amendments to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) and policy directions for regulations under Health Information Protection Act, 2016 (HIPA).

    We support initiatives to improve access to key health information at the point of care so health professionals can provide more coordinated, person-centred care. However, we urge you to address the following concerns as you move forward with drafting regulations.

    • Opting out of the electronic health record
    • Non-maskable elements
    • Consent directive granularity levels
    • Consent directives and consent directive overrides
    • Security of personal health information
    • Education for patients, the public, and health-care providers
    • Patient control over their own health records
  • September 20, 2017

    RNAO supports HPRAC's general approach to regulation as it works within the structure of existing professional colleges who have been granted the authority to practice psychotherapy. Enabling them to set standards and educational requirements for psychotherapy will avoid the need for dual registration for professionals with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO) and their own Colleges.
    RNAO is of the opinion that this clarifying document does not provide clarity. Furthermore, it shows a lack of understanding about how psychotherapy is practiced. This has led to a superficial and over simplified model which is not realistic or effective for practitioners or patients.

  • September 18, 2017

    RNAO welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Ministry of Finance on the recommendations from the Fair Benefits Fairly Delivered: A Review of the Auto Insurance System in Ontario report. Our comments consider the impact of these changes on accident victims, as well as RNs and NPs.

    RNAO supports a number of key recommendations of the report. Specifically:

    Injured people should receive the care that they need when they need it.

  • September 12, 2017

    Community laboratory services play an important role in the health care system and as of 2015 represented close to $650 million – or 47 per cent of the provincial lab budget (hospitals provided about 47 per cent with the remaining amount supplied by physicians, public health labs and genetics labs). RNAO has a strong interest in the effective functioning, cost effectiveness and access to all sectors of the health system, including community laboratory services, and is pleased to offer this submission on proposed amendments to the regulation of these services.

  • July 27, 2017

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students in all settings and roles across Ontario. It is the strong, credible voice leading the nursing profession to influence and promote healthy public policy. RNAO, in collaboration with its expert Ontario Nurses for the Environment Interest Group (ONEIG) are delighted to respond to the Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan (PNERP).

  • July 27, 2017

    RNAO appreciated the opportunity to participate in the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services' (MCSCS) roundtable engagement on corrections reform legislation held in Toronto on July 19, 2017. Given the short one-week deadline for further feedback, RNAO will focus our responses on a few key themes related to legislative change and recommendations on improving health care in corrections. RNAO and our Ontario Correctional Nurses' Interest Group (OCNIG) remain unwavering in our commitment to continuous engagement with MCSCS and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) in support of a transformed correctional system that is safer, healthier, and more equitable for inmates, staff, and the larger community. As further context, please see RNAO's extensive list of recommendations to the MCSCS in Transforming Ontario's Correctional Services: Starting but Not Stopping, with Segregation.1

  • July 20, 2017

    Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs = A Healthier Ontario

    RNAO appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on Bill 148, An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labor Relations Act, 1995 and to make related amendments to other Acts or the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. As nurses, we see firsthand the devastating consequences of job insecurity and its negative impact on people's health and wellbeing.

  • May 14, 2017

    RNAO appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care on Strengthening Capacity in Primary Care Settings: Guidance to Ontario's Local Health Integration Networks. We are pleased that Minister's Hoskins mandate letters to the LHINs specifies as a priority locating care co-ordinators in primary care settings, and that the Ministry is providing guidance to LHIN's on how to transition care coordination to primary care.